1848 – The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, is published in London on February 21, 1848. Karl Marx was born in Prussia in 1818–the son of a Jewish lawyer who converted to Lutheranism.
1858 – Edwin Holmes of Boston, USA installs the first electric burglar alarm.
1910 – Birth of British World War II fighter pilot Sir Douglas Bader.
1952 – Identity cards abolished in Britain.
1965 – American black Muslim leader Malcom X is shot dead whilst addressing a meeting in New York.
1988 – In London, workmen discover the grave of Queen Boadicea underneath Platform 8 at Kings Cross Station.